If you’re feeling like you’re fresh out of ideas for ways to keep those ever- changing grandchildren entertained this summer well, you’re in luck! We have compiled a list of 5 fun ideas to do with your families this summer!
Yea! It’s Memorial Day Weekend! It is always a first glimpse for us into summer and all the wonderful memories that begin to flood our memories. This Memorial Day we want to share a delicious menu for you and your family for that backyard BBQ. Whether you are enjoying the holiday weekend with your friends or just laying low at home, these delicious recipes will help bring on those summer vibes. Spoiler alert: These recipes all require a grill; however, a grill can be stove top which is so simple – just use a flat pan and you can absolutely achieve the same results as an outdoor grill.
It’s hard to believe, but summer is almost here and sometimes we forget to think about ourselves! Take a minute to treat yourself and lets re-pack those beach bags with things that you can actually use and love.
As grandparents we lead by example. Keeping kids engaged and interested (no matter what age), doesn’t mean that we spend our time together being on the screens…especially if we can be together. Sometimes it’s a great idea just to use the ‘old-fashioned way’ of thinking of something to do without all the devices (except the camera for a photo-worthy moment!). We say: put down the devices!
a special feature from Kay Ziplow & Leslie Zinberg, founders
Let’s face it, family dynamics are ever changing, and grandparenting is changing with it…so painting a picture of grandparenting today is a complicated task. For example, on one hand, greater mobility has meant that families are spread across the country and many children aren’t able to see their grandparents as frequently. Life is hectic for all generations and even families who live near each other may not spend much time together. Look at what occurred when we all were in quarantine! Covid has forever impacted every facet of our lives. On the other hand, people are having fewer children and living longer. For most of human history, families looked like a pyramid, with few older members at the top and many young members at the bottom. Today, families are shaped more vertically, like a beanpole, with a more equal number of members in each generation. With fewer family members in each generation, intergenerational relationships can take on added significance.
Before there was Blippi, before there was Blue’s Clues, there was Mister Rogers, aka Fred McFeely Rogers, the host of the eponymous children’s television series, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. Rogers was the sort of TV host that both kids and parents trusted and enjoyed. Known for his calm demeanor, friendly attitude, and astute life lessons, Rogers established himself as an icon for the more than three decades that the PBS show aired. He began each episode by changing into one of his trademark cardigan sweaters and slipping on some sneakers while singing the show’s theme song, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” And he concluded each episode with the song “Tomorrow.”*
a special feature by Sarina Peddy, early childhood educator
We all know how adorable it is when a baby repeats a word after you- right?! Babies soak in information from the stimuli surrounding them. Did you know that between birth and 3 years of age, the human brain increases to 80% of its adult size.? Now, that’s a powerful fact. This is such a crucial point in development for children and therefore, it’s so important to foster their learning in this age period.
a special feature form Kay & Leslie, founders grandparentslink.com
Yes, it’s true.
It is possible despite all the different personalities, needs, dispositions, temperaments, and personas, to achieve family harmony. This notion of being unified on the basis of mutual family respect, tolerance, consideration, and love, doesn’t mean that anyone will lose their identity. The ability to trust, support, and communicate differences in a constructive manner, and look beyond the selfness, will only procure a healthy picture of family and connections.
An exclusive feature by Bonnie Compton
The world seems to be spinning out of control. The turmoil created by the pandemic, politics, climate…you name it have left many of us feeling lost, anxious, overwhelmed, frustrated and angry. Perhaps scared too!
Sometimes in order to be the ‘grand’parents that we are (!), we may go a bit overboard with many things. Oh, come on admit it – we all do! It’s been a rough road over the last couple of years, and now, as we move forward we hopefully can spend more time in each other’s company. Most importantly, let’s make one point loud and clear: PUT DOWN THE DEVICES AND ENGAGE WITH YOUR GRANDCHILDREN ☺
Holiday time often means that we are pondering some of the ‘best’ of the best ideas in gift giving. None of us as grandparents are foreign to this idea- right? After all, it’s what makes us ‘GRAND’ parents.